Strikeforce Play-by-Play: Ryan Couture vs. Joe Duarte

July 11, 2012
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Ryan Couture vs. Joe Duarte

Round 1: They touch gloves.  Duarte moving forward.  Couture lands an outside leg kick.  Durate fires a right hand counter.  Couture looks for a takedown.  Duarte works for a d’arce choke.  Duarte shakes off the takedown attempt and they separate.  Duarte working the body.  They exchange leg kicks.  Duarte lands a right hand.  Couture circles on the outside.  He moves in with a right hand.  Duarte goes to the body and head.  A minute remains in the round.  Duarte continues to work the body.  He lands a running knee followed by a right hand.  Couture lands a kick to the body.  Duarte secures a takedown.  Couture works for an oma plata and lands a few hammer fists from the bottom.  Duarte stands up.  The round ends.  MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Duarte.

Round 2: Duarte takes teh center of the cage.  Couture moves in with a right hand and takes Duarte down.  Duarte scrambles back to his feet.  Couture works for a single leg takedown.  Duarte battles out of it and breaks free.  Duarte attacks the lead leg of Couture.  Couture lands a front kick.  Duarte delivers an outside leg kick.  Couture moves in with a right hand and Durate lands a right and takes him down.  Duarte lets him up.  Couture ties him up and presses him against the cage.  They separate.  Duarte lands a left hand.  Couture attempts a takedown and gets it.  He takes Duarte’s back.  Couture works for the rear naked choke.  Duarte defends.  Couture lands a series of punches before the bell.  MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Couture.

Round 3: Duarte delivers an outside leg kick to start the final round.  Couture lands a knee to the body.  Duarte lands a kick to the body of Couture.  They clinch.  Couture presses Duarte against the fence.  Duarte circles out.  Duarte secures a double leg takedown.  He applies a choke but Couture escapes.  Couture scrambles to his feet.  He works fro a takedown of his own but Duarte shakes it off.  Two minutes remain in the bout.  Duarte goes for a lazy takedown and Couture defends it.  Couture obtains top position but Duarte gets back to his feet.  Duarte works for a takedown but Couture backs him to the cage.  Couture gets the takedown.  Couture works knees to the body.  The round ends.  MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Couture.

The judges score the fight for Couture by split decision.  The scorecards read: 29-28, 28-29, 29-28.

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